Kathmandu, Oct 29 (UNI) UAE's Etihad Airways has started operating four flights a week from Abu Dhabi to the Himalayan nation capital.
The airline is operating a two cabin Airbus A330-200 configured to carry 262 passengers, with 22 in business class and 240 in economy, according to a release.
''Our new Kathmandu service will provide a valuable link for business and leisure travelers, many of whom will fly from across the world connecting via our home base at Abu Dhabi airport,'' Etihad Airways Chief Executive James Hogan said.
Kathmandu will be Etihad's ninth new destination in 2007.
Demand for the service has been strong with more than 65 per cent of seats in economy class booked throughout the month of November, the release said.
High demand for the new Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu service has also been boosted by the introductory fares Etihad is offering to the Nepalese capital, it added.
Nepal is connected to various cities in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, China and gulf countries.